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Meet Denise Goodman, DMD

Dr. Denise Goodman is originally from Long Island, New York. She’s passionate about discovering new technologies, such as laser therapy, to help make dentistry more comfortable and effective for patients of all ages. As someone who had a difficult time at the dentist’s office as a child, Dr. Goodman prioritizes the patient experience for everyone in her care. She has also trained in orthodontics as well as in the repair of traumatic injuries, and she looks forward to contributing her time to fundraisers like Dancing with the Dentists, in which she was recently a contestant.

Dr. Goodman has been extensively educated and trained in several fields of dentistry, particularly pediatric dentistry. She obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at State University of New York at Buffalo. She also researched at Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo as part of a grant-funded project from the National Institutes of Health. In 1979, Dr. Goodman earned her DMD from Tufts University of Dental Medicine. It is during her training there that Dr. Goodman became interested in pediatric dentistry and the unique challenges and rewards that providing dental care for children can bring. After she completed her dental degree at Tufts, Dr. Goodman went on to Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to earn her specialty degree in pediatric dentistry in 1981.

Education and Training

  • Harbor – UCLA Medical Center: Pediatric Dentistry degree
  • Tufts University: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute
  • State University of New York at Buffalo: Master of Science
  • State University of New York at Buffalo: Bachelor of Science

Dr. Goodman is also firmly committed to continuing dental education courses and learns about new techniques and treatments every year.


For the past 25 years, Dr. Goodman has been working with Dr. William Chan in Cumberland. She also works with a mobile dental company that serves the Armed Forces National Guard in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and American Samoa. Additionally, Dr. Goodman also volunteered as a member of Project Stretch, a global-reach dental non-profit organization, treating children in Mexico and Venezuela.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Goodman has been honored with multiple awards over the years. In fact, she has been recognized by her peers as a “Top Doc” in Rhode Island Monthly magazine, achieving the distinction from 2013 through 2017.

Memberships and Accreditation

  • Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Member of the Rhode Island Dental Association
  • Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

In her leisure time, Dr. Goodman enjoys swimming, water sports, skiing, biking, and dancing. She also likes to travel and discover new cultures. She especially enjoys cooking recipes from her travels for family and friends.

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